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March 9, 2020

The Cedar supercomputer will be offline and unavailable during March 16-22, 2020 as part of a major system expansion and upgrade. During this week-long downtime, the Cedar team will be adding 768 compute nodes (36864 cores) and 192 GPU nodes (768 GPU cards), as well as:

  • upgrading BIOS and firmware of compute nodes and network switches
  • upgrading the operating system
  • upgrading the file system software and storage controller firmware
  • upgrading the network drivers
  • modifying the...
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WestGrid Research Computing Winter School University of Victoria
March 1, 2020

WestGrid runs training activities year-round, ranging from online webinars to in-person workshops and summer schools. Mark your calendars for the upcoming training activities we've confirmed for 2020 so far, and join our mailing list for updates as new training sessions are added to our program.

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February 27, 2020

Do you have an interesting project that could provide value to a research community but needs some technical expertise to implement? We want to work with you!

We have developer expertise to share with the research community and we’re looking specifically to support scientific gateways (also known as research platforms or portals).

Example potential project outcomes include (but are not limited to):

  • providing web-enabled access to large databases
  • providing links or access channels to HPC...
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February 21, 2020

WestGrid’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of John Longbottom as WestGrid’s new Chief Executive Officer.

John brings a wealth of experience across the telecommunications, utilities, government, and insurance sectors, having previously held senior positions in sales, marketing, and general management. Prior to joining WestGrid, John led IBM Canada’s innovation strategy in Western Canada, including its Smarter Cities initiative, which focused on creating value through new information technology (IT) models,...

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February 19, 2020

Join us for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday March 04 where we'll look at high performance research computing using Julia, a high-level, high-performance, dynamic programming language. This online presentation will be hosted by Marie-Hélène Burle, WestGrid's Research Computing Training Assistant.

Details

High performance research computing with Julia
Wednesday, March 04
10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific
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February 16, 2020

On Friday, January 31, WestGrid hosted a Community Town Hall where our Director of Operations, Patrick Mann, shared the latest updates on WestGrid and Compute Canada activities. Topics discussed at the WestGrid January Town Hall included:

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February 15, 2020

A free workshop series is coming to Simon Fraser University (SFU) in March, co-hosted by SFU WestGrid. The sessions will provide hands-on introductions to essential tools and skills used in computational research.

There is no cost to attend but you must register online in advance.

Researchers in all disciplines are invited to participate. No...

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January 30, 2020

Does your research rely on computing, or are you curious about research data management and other library-assisted research topics? Then join the University of Alberta IST Team for its Winter Bootcamps taking place January 27 - February 7. Whether your questions revolve around scheduling jobs or data analysis, they have an abundance of workshops.

This week-long event is designed for faculty...

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January 27, 2020

On Friday, December 20, WestGrid hosted a Community Town Hall where our Director of Operations, Patrick Mann, shared the latest updates on WestGrid and Compute Canada activities. Topics discussed at the WestGrid December Town Hall included:

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January 24, 2020

Join us on Friday 31 January for our first WestGrid Community Town Hall of 2020. Patrick Mann, WestGrid's Director of Operations, will share the latest updates from WestGrid and Compute Canada that have impacts on advanced research computing users in Western Canada, including:

  • latest updates on the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization
  • early insights from WestGrid's 2019 Community Survey
    (...
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